Weeden Getting Better

OBR Senior Reporter
Posted Aug 17, 2012


“Regardless of how old I am, it’s still a big jump from college football,” Weeden said.

 

BEREA, Ohio— When Brandon Weeden read his Twitter feed after the Lions game, he didn’t appreciate what he saw, but wasn’t surprised fans are scrutinizing his every move.

“I can’t say I was surprised,” Weeden said. “They’re passionate fans. But it was my first start.

“Regardless of how old I am, it’s still a big jump from college football.”

Weeden said he doesn’t read the papers or listen to sports talk but did read some of the Tweets from the fans.

He said he responded to some with “LOL (laugh out loud).”

He said he felt it was tough to be judged for his first performance, which consisted of 15 plays. He was just 3-of-9 for 62 yards, with two turnovers and a 19 rating.

“(Against Green Bay), I got 40 plays and was able to get in a better rhythm.”

Weeden finished 12-of-20 for 118 yards with no sacks and no turnovers. He had a 76.7 rating.

“He had a scoring drive and a touchdown,” Pat Shurmur said. “We’re working through this to have steady improvement.”

Weeden said he and his receivers are trying to get on the same page, despite the revolving door of injuries to the likes of Mohamed Massaquoi, Travis Benjamin, Ben Watson, Jordan Cameron and Carlton Mitchell.

“Me and Greg (Little) are getting on the same page,” Weeden said. “We still have three weeks of training camp to work on it.”

Little had four receptions for 45 yards to lead the Browns.

The Browns are force feeding Josh Gordon to try and get him ready for the regular season.

“He’s going to be out there,” Weeden said. “He’s got too many tools to not be on the field.”

Weeden said Gordon made a big jump from the first game to the second.

Gordon was targeted five times and made his first two receptions for 38 yards. Each catch was for 19 yards, but Weeden and Gordon were clearly not on the same page on one play that was close to being intercepted for a touchdown.

“I talk with (Gordon) before, during and after the game,” Weeden said. “It’s the little things that we’re working on and we’ll get them worked out.

“We have to be on the same page.”

Notebook

Four Back: Several of the injured players returned to the practice, including DL Frostee Rucker, WR Mohamed Massaquoi, TE Jordan Cameron and WR Travis Benjamin.

“We have some of the guys back who hadn’t been out here in a while,” Shurmur said.

Benjamin, who didn’t practice after the Lions game and sat out against the Packers with an undisclosed injury.

He was asked what his injury was and he said “Ask Coach Pat.”

Shurmur just said he was “sore”.

Benjamin doesn’t feel he is behind and is not limited and looking forward to playing his first game at home.

“I haven’t missed anything,” Benjamin said. “I watched everything all week.”

“I’m full go,” he said. “I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Dawg Pound.”

Benjamin had a 34 yard reception and totaled 46 yards against the Lions.

“I was nervous but after the first snap I was good to go.”

Schwartz Report: Shurmur said that OT Mitchell Schwartz improved his play from the first game to the second.

“I think he made improvements,” he said. “We were able to run the ball.”

Injury Update: The good news is that rookie DB Trevin Wade, who was carted off the field against the Packers was at practice taking part in all drills.

Shurmur said he was ‘sore but back out there’.

OL Oniel Cousins and WR Rod Windsor did not practice and Shurmur gave no update. Also, not practicing were DB Dimitri Patterson (ankle), RB Trent Richardson (knee), WR Carlton Mitchell (leg), TE Ben Watson (undisclosed), DB Usama Young (hamstring), LB D’Qwell Jackson (shoulder) and DL Juqua Parker (undisclosed).

Take My Breath Away: Weeden said he had the wind knocked out of him on a pass he threw to WR Jordan Norwood for a first down.

“I lost my breath and couldn’t spit out the play,” Weeden said. “The guys in the huddle were laughing.”


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